Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) to spend $1 billion on new cloud services brand

Posted May 7, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has renewed a promise with a pledge to invest $1 billion over 2 years to build new data centers, increase staff, and boost its cloud services. The name of the plan is called Helion and it is the company’s plan to double down on the open-source cloud operating system, OpenStack. HP will offer two versions of OpenStack — one called the Community version (free) and a commercial edition that will have a full range of HP management tools. HP announced a partnership with Foxconn last week to build stripped down services in order to win new business from cloud companies.

“Customer challenges today extend beyond cloud. They include how to manage, control and scale applications in a hybrid environment that spans multiple technology approaches,” stated Martin Fink, executive vice president and chief technology officer of HP. “HP Helion provides the solutions and expertise customers need to select the right deployment model for their needs and obtain the greatest return for their investment.”

One of HP’s largest competitors in the cloud space is IBM. IBM acquired Texas-based cloud company SoftLayer last year for around $2 billion. IBM also pledged earlier this year to invest $1.2 billion to build out its data centers and cloud services.

HP Helion Open-Stack based cloud services will be available through more than 110 service providers worldwide and in HP data centers. HP has over 80 data centers in 27 countries.